If you are reading this, it is likely that you know you need help (or your parents are trying to convince you to agree to therapy). In my experience, most teenagers who pursue therapy are bright, self-aware, and motivated to change. Notice I did not say “talkative” or “excited?” One of the more frequent questions I get from teenagers who are just starting out in therapist is, “What am I supposed to talk about?” My answer is usually, “Whatever you want!” Until you and I have had a chance to build a trusting and safe relationship, you may not feel comfortable talking to me about your personal problems. Ok, no biggie! I will not pressure you to talk about ANYTHING you don’t feel ready to address. We will get to know each other first, and then you can decide if therapy (with me) is going to work for you. Deal?
Some basic facts about starting up…
- If you are 17 and under, you need a parent or guardian to accompany you to at least the first appointment. During that intake session I talk for a bit, you may talk for a bit, your parent(s) or guardian may talk for a bit, we may meet alone for a few minutes, and then we make a plan for the next handful of appointments. It is low-key. I have a casual style and like to see teenagers feel comfortable. Oh yeah, we also have to fill out some paperwork (necessary evil…).
- If you are 18 and over, you can come on your own if you’d like. You can also come with your parent or guardian if you’d rather. I’m flexible.
- Follow up appointments are usually weekly, sometimes two times a week if you are really struggling. We can talk about that.
- If you aren’t convinced that I am the right person for you – call me! I am happy to chat on the phone for a few minutes so that you can get a better idea of my style. You can also email me HERE if that works better.